Gold amulet case

Roman, Cypriot

Not on view

Such tubular cases were used as pendants strung on necklaces. They contained spells written on thin sheets of gold or papyrus and were intended to protect the wearer against evil. The practice originated in Egypt but was later very popular with the Phoenicians, from whom it is likely that it was passed on not only to Carthage but also to Cyprus. Amulet cases continued to be made well into Roman times and may be seen as the prototype for Islamic amulets.

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